Conflict, Resilience, and Health Program

at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

Global Justice Program

Culture, Resilience, and Health

‘Culture’ is one of the most understudied dimensions of resilience as a pathway to health.  Our program examines resilience across cultures, integrating qualitative and quantitative research to connect the dots between cultural values, socio-political structures, family-level resilience, and individual health outcomes. Projects in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone focus specifically on parenting, mental health, and family-level resilience.   

Ongoing projects:


Eggerman M and Panter-Brick C (2010). Suffering, hope, and entrapment: Resilience and cultural values in Afghanistan. Social Science & Medicine 71:71-83.

Hagaman AK, Wagenaar BH, McLean KE, Winskell K, Kaiser BN, and Kohrt BA. (2013). Suicide in rural Haiti: Clinical and community perceptions of prevalence, etiology, and prevention. Social Science & Medicine, 83, 61-9. 

Panter-Brick C, Grimon, Marie-Pascale, and Eggerman M (2013). Caregiver-child mental health: A prospective study in conflict and refugee settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (in press).

Panter-Brick C, Goodman A, Tol W, Eggerman M (2011).  Mental health and childhood adversities: A longitudinal study in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 50(4):349-363. 

Panter-Brick C, Eggerman M, Gonzalez V, Safdar S (2009).  Ongoing violence, social suffering and mental health: A school-based survey in Afghanistan.  The Lancet 374: 807-16.

Panter-Brick C, Eggerman M, Mojadidi A, McDade T (2008).  Social stressors, mental health, and physiological stress in an urban elite of young Afghans in Kabul.  American Journal of Human Biology 20(6):627-641.

Wagenaar BH, Hagaman AK, Kaiser BN, McLean KE, Kohrt BA. (2012). Depression, suicidal ideation, and associated factors: a cross-sectional study in rural Haiti. BMC Psychiatry, 12:149.